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Internet Is Extremists' Channel of Choice

Al-Qaida-linked terror groups and their sympathizers have in recent months made a big splash on the Internet, making it their communications channel of choice. They’re benefiting from free discussion boards, e-mail accounts and other online forums for propaganda, recruitment, fund-raising and even planning. If law enforcement has done little to squelch these outlets, it’s only in part because of the difficulty of catching moving targets. More importantly, these online soapboxes can provide investigators with crucial leads. “It’s a game of cat and mouse in which the cat is always going to be behind,” said Michael Vatis, former cybersecurity director at the FBI. “It’s a more effective strategy to actually use these sites for gathering intelligence rather than engaging in a futile effort to shut them down.” Full Story

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